free woodchips, compost and firewood
Look in your phone book under county administration for waste disposal. Call and ask if they have any program for free mulch and compost. They make it out of trash so it doesn't have to go to a landfill. Don't say a word about firewood; just go there. You will probably find that when people shovel up the free wood chips, they find big chunks of tree which didn't get all the way chipped and they just throw them to the side. I've been taking those home for several years and burning them in my fireplace for years. Sometimes they are too long and I have to cut them in half, but most of them fit just the way they are. You do have to let it dry for a few months and a year is even better before you burn wood indoors. If you just want a bonfire, it doesn't really matter Today, an employee who was pulling up saw me picking up the wood. He motioned for me to come over to his truck. I went over, all ready with reasons why he should have pity on me and not do anything evil. He was so nice and told me that behind a stand of trees they have all the wood they've picked up and haven't chipped yet. Some of it was whole trees, some of it was little piece even a wimp like me could easily pick up and carry. Cross posted to free stuff.